Perspectives on Resource Recovery from Bio-Based Production Processes: From Concept to Implementation

Isuru S.B.A. Udugama, Seyed Soheil Mansouri, Aleksandar Mitic, Xavier Flores Alsina, Krist V. Gernaey

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Recovering valuable compounds from waste streams of bio-based production processes is in line with the circular economy paradigm, and is achievable by implementing “simple-to-use” and well-established process separation technologies. Such solutions are acceptable from industrial, economic and environmental points of view, implying relatively easy future implementation on pilot- and full-scale levels in the bio-based industry. Reviewing such technologies is therefore the focus here. Considerations about technology readiness level (TRL) and Net Present Value (NPV) are included in the review, since TRL and NPV contribute significantly to the techno-economic evaluation of future and promising process solutions. Based on the present review, a qualitative guideline for resource recovery from bio-based production processes is proposed. Finally, future approaches and perspectives toward identification and implementation of suitable resource recovery units for bio-based production processes are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Article number48
Number of pages25
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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  • Resource recovery
  • Bio-based production
  • Separation processes
  • Economics


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